25 July 2013

Nature (UK): Trend Watch


Nature, 17 July 2013

Nuclear power plants generated 2,346 terrawatt hours of electricity in 2012, a decline of nearly 7% from 2011 and nearly 12% from the all-time peak in 2006, according to an analysis sponsored by the Berlin-based Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Greens–EFA political party in Europe. Much of the decline was due to power plant closures in Japan following the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011, but the industry is also struggling to maintain and replace older plants.